Only 17% Of Americans See The US As The World’s Economic Superpower

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, Only hours ago, Gallup released a new poll showing that only a small minority (just 17%) of Americans still view the US as the world’s economic superpower. Echoing former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers’ quip, “There is surely something odd about the world’s greatest power being the world’s greatest debtor,” it appears that economic reality is finally beginning to set in for Americans. Yes, it turns out there are consequences when you habitually indebt future generations in order to buy bombs, drones, and body scanners. There are consequences when you regulate every aspect of society, from how much people can earn on their savings, to what they can/cannot put in their own bodies. The decline of the United States as the world’s dominant superpower was always inevitable. No nation or empire can hold the top spot forever. History is full of […] Read More

2014: 7 Things The Middle-Class Can’t Afford Anymore

Authored by Erika Rawes, The Cheat Sheet; originally posted at USA Today, Though there is some debate over the exact income a middle class household brings in, we do have an idea of who the middle class are — most working class people. Today’s bourgeoisie is composed of laborers and skilled workers, white collar and blue collar workers, many of whom face financial challenges. Bill Maher reminded us a few months back that 50 years ago, the largest employer was General Motors, where workers earned an equivalent of $50 per hour (in today’s money). Today, the largest employer — Wal-Mart — pays around $8 per hour. The middle class has certainly changed. We’ve ranked a list of things the middle class can no longer really afford. We’re not talking about lavish luxuries, like private jets and yachts. The items on this list are a bit more basic, and some […] Read More

2013: Why Americans Are Still Scared of Female Bosses

Even in 2013, many people still prefer men in charge. It’s a bias problem that doesn’t have any objective reality. Who would you rather work for: a man or a woman? According to a recent Gallup poll, just over half of Americans say they don’t have a preference, but those who do strongly lean towards men. Forty percent of women and 29% of men say they prefer a male boss to a female one, and the results are even more skewed when broken down by political affiliation – Republicans, unsurprisingly given their socially conservative views, strongly prefer male bosses, while Democrats are about evenly split. That political divide helps to shed some light on why, in 2013, so many people still prefer to have men in charge. It’s a problem of worldview and stereotypes, not of inherent characteristics or lady-boss bitchiness. The good news is that the preference for female […] Read More

The American Dream has Become a Burden For Most

As wages stagnate and costs rise, US workers recognize the guiding ideal of this nation for the delusional myth it is. The final chapter of America’s Promise, a high-school textbook on American history, ends with a rallying cry to national mythology. “The history of the United States is one of challenges faced, problems resolved, and crises overcome,” it states. “Throughout their history Americans have remained an optimistic people, carrying this optimism into the new century. The full promise of America has yet to be realised. This is the real promise of America; the ability to dream of a better world to come.” Such are the assumptions beamed from the torch of Lady Liberty, coursing through the veins of the nation’s political culture and imbibed with mothers’ milk. Their nation, many will tell you, is not just a land mass but an ideal – a shining city on the hill beckoning […] Read More